#MistressMondays Presents: Nell Gwyn

Making a Monarch Merry While many mistresses in history have risen to popularity and fame, especially amongst their noble peers, Nell Gwyn stands out as a mistress who was beloved not just by her king, but by her country as well. As an historic figure, Nell was perfectly reflective of the time in which she…More

#MistressMondays Present: Kosem Sultan

“The Enormous Mother” The early modern Ottoman Empire is marked by many women who held positions of influence even in a highly patriarchal society. While not allowed to rule outright, some women had a knack for finding the loopholes and exploiting them for personal gain. Perhaps the most iconic woman to play the system was…More

#MistressMondays Presents: Lola Montez

“The mistress heard round the world” would be a fitting nickname for Lola Montez. Her short 39 years of life were marked by grand romance, toppled governments, tragic duels, and maybe even murder! Wherever Lola went, chaos was sure to follow, though that never seemed to slow her down. If I’m being honest, the wonders…More

#MistressMonday Presents: Agnes Bernauer

“The Angel of Augsburg” There comes a time in any discussion of mistresses when a woman’s life is so horribly undocumented that it creates more folklore than actual fact. This week’s feature, Agnes Bernauer, is the epitome of this creative phenomenon. What is known to be fact about our fabulous mistress will be presented as…More

#MistressMondays Presents: The Ladies of “Lucky Lindy”

In the age of DNA tests and finding lost family members, stories of “second families” are more and more common. However, for those who have that bittersweet realization, it is rarely followed up with a “third” or “fourth” family discovery. Ever the over-achiever, Charles “Lucky” Lindbergh did just that and his many affairs burst at…More

#MistressMonday Presents: Hortense Mancini

“Love me right, or we’re gonna fight.”                              ~Hortense Mancini, probably This week’s mistress spotlight falls upon Hortense Mancini, an Italian aristocrat who was considered one of the most beautiful women alive in the 1660s-1680s, as well as one of the wealthiest. Her large fortune was gifted to her upon the death of her wealthy…More

#MistressMondays Presents: Harriette Wilson

“Be careful, I’ll put you in my memoir.” ~Harriette Wilson, probably Lovers of history and juicy scandals, celebrate! The inaugural #MistressMonday has arrived and we are starting off with a BANG! This series will discuss the women (and sometimes men) who have made their mark on history by playing it smart on the streets and…More